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The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics

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Merja Kytö, Päivi Pahta, Suzanne Romaine, Martin Hilpert, Stefan Th. Gries, Gabriella Mazzon, Graeme Trousdale, Elly van Gelderen, Robert D. Fulk, Simon Horobin, María-José López-Couso, Christian Mair, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Erik Smitterberg, Raymond Hickey, Christian Kay, Kathryn Allan, Olga Fischer, Susan M. Fitzmaurice, Irma Taavitsainen, Minna Nevala, Joan C. Beal, Peter Trudgill, Marianne Hundt, Douglas Biber, Jesse Egbert, Bethany Gray, Rahel Oppliger, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Philip Durkin, Tim William Machan, Donka Minkova, Kie Ross Zuraw, Cynthia Allen, Terry Walker, Colette Moore
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  • Date Published: May 2016
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  • English historical linguistics is a subfield of linguistics which has developed theories and methods for exploring the history of the English language. This Handbook provides an account of state-of-the-art research on this history. It offers an in-depth survey of materials, methods, and language-theoretical models used to study the long diachrony of English. The frameworks covered include corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, historical pragmatics and manuscript studies, among others. The chapters, by leading experts, examine the interplay of language theory and empirical data throughout, critically assessing the work in the field. Of particular importance are the diverse data sources which have become increasingly available in electronic form, allowing the discipline to develop in new directions. The Handbook offers access to the rich and many-faceted spectrum of work in English historical linguistics, past and present, and will be useful for researchers and students interested in hands-on research on the history of English.

    • Provides the reader with a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of English historical linguistics as a field of research
    • Focuses on how the language's history is studied and analysed, and what conclusions we can draw from those analyses
    • Chapters are written by leading researchers in the field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Written by the foremost experts in the field, this timely handbook provides a fresh and exciting overview of methodologies and approaches in the diachronic study of the English language."
    Andreas H. Jucker, University of Zurich

    "An engaging, well-planned survey of evidence, theories and recent research, particularly strong on methodology. Students and seasoned scholars too will undoubtedly find much to interest and enlighten them."
    David Denison, University of Manchester

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    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316474235
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 2 maps 19 tables
    • availability: This item is not supplied by Cambridge University Press in your region. Please contact eBooks.com for availability.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Merja Kytö and Päivi Pahta
    Part I. Framework: Section 1. Theories and Methodologies:
    1. The variationist approach Suzanne Romaine
    2. Quantitative approaches to diachronic corpus linguistics Martin Hilpert and Stefan Th. Gries
    3. English historical pragmatics Gabriella Mazzon
    4. Construction grammar Graeme Trousdale
    5. Generative frameworks and approaches Elly van Gelderen
    6. Philological methods Robert D. Fulk
    Section 2. Evidence: Material and Data:
    7. Manuscripts and early printed books Simon Horobin
    8. Corpora and online resources in English historical linguistics María-José López-Couso
    9. Audio recordings Christian Mair
    10. Early and Late Modern English grammars as evidence in English historical linguistics Nuria Yáñez-Bouza
    11. Extracting data from historical material Erik Smitterberg
    Part II. Analyses: Section 3. Perspectives on Processes of Change:
    12. Phonological change in English Raymond Hickey
    13. Change in the English lexicon Christian Kay and Kathryn Allan
    14. Morphosyntactic change Olga Fischer
    15. Semantic and pragmatic change Susan M. Fitzmaurice
    16. Genre dynamics in the history of English Irma Taavitsainen
    17. Processes of sociolinguistic and sociopragmatic change Minna Nevala
    18. Standardization Joan C. Beal
    19. Contact-related processes of change in the early history of English Peter Trudgill
    20. Global spread of English: processes of change Marianne Hundt
    Section 4. Highlighting the Research Process:
    21. Variationist versus text-linguistic approaches to grammatical change in English: nominal modifiers of head nouns Douglas Biber, with Jesse Egbert, Bethany Gray, Rahel Oppliger and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
    22. Identifying micro-changes in a particular linguistic change-type: the case of subjectification Elizabeth Closs Traugott
    23. The OED and HTOED as tools in practical research: a test case examining the impact of loanwords on areas of the core lexicon Philip Durkin
    24. The individuality of English in the multilingual Middle Ages Tim William Machan
    25. Ambisyllabicity in English: present and past Donka Minkova and Kie Ross Zuraw
    26. Typological change: investigating loss of inflection in early English Cynthia Allen
    27. Third-person present singular verb inflection in Early Modern English: new evidence from speech-related texts Terry Walker
    28. Visual pragmatics: speech presentation and Middle English manuscripts Colette Moore.

  • Editors

    Merja Kytö, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
    Merja Kytö is Professor of English Language at Uppsala University, Sweden, specializing in English historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, language variation and change, historical pragmatics, and manuscript studies. Her recent publications include Early Modern English Dialogues: Spoken Interaction as Writing (with Jonathan Culpeper, Cambridge, 2010) and English Corpus Linguistics: Crossing Paths (2012).

    Päivi Pahta, University of Tampere, Finland
    Päivi Pahta is Professor of English Philology at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her areas of expertise include English historical linguistics, language variation and change, multilingualism, the language of science and medicine, English as a global language, corpus linguistics, and manuscript studies. She has co-edited several books, including Medical Writing in Early Modern English (Cambridge, 2011), Communicating Early English Manuscripts (Cambridge, 2011) and Dangerous Multilingualism: Northern Perspectives on Order, Purity and Normality (2012).

    Contributors

    Merja Kytö, Päivi Pahta, Suzanne Romaine, Martin Hilpert, Stefan Th. Gries, Gabriella Mazzon, Graeme Trousdale, Elly van Gelderen, Robert D. Fulk, Simon Horobin, María-José López-Couso, Christian Mair, Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Erik Smitterberg, Raymond Hickey, Christian Kay, Kathryn Allan, Olga Fischer, Susan M. Fitzmaurice, Irma Taavitsainen, Minna Nevala, Joan C. Beal, Peter Trudgill, Marianne Hundt, Douglas Biber, Jesse Egbert, Bethany Gray, Rahel Oppliger, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Philip Durkin, Tim William Machan, Donka Minkova, Kie Ross Zuraw, Cynthia Allen, Terry Walker, Colette Moore

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